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Clifford "Cliff" Leroy Gibbons


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Clifford "Cliff" Leroy Gibbons

Clifford "Cliff" Leroy Gibbons, 66, of Rock Springs, passed away Jan. 6, 2017, at his home following a lengthy illness.

He was born on Oct. 23, 1950, in Wallace, Idaho, the son of Grant Leroy Gibbons and Edna Martina Ball Gibbons.

Gibbons attended schools in Rock Springs and later attained his GED.   

He was a United States Marine veteran of the Vietnam War as a sergeant and served from 1968 until 1974, when he received his honorable discharge.

Gibbons married Carol Kay Keelin May 5, 1970, in Rock Springs.  

He was employed as the Superintendent for Sweetwater County Road and Bridge Department for many years and retired Jan. 13, 2013.

Gibbons was a member of the American Legion Archie Hay Post No. 24, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 151 and the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post No. 4081.

His interests included fishing, hunting, camping and spending time with family.

Survivors include his wife Carol Gibbons, of Rock Springs; one daughter, Crystal Pennywell and husband Jonathan Pennywell of Fremont, Calif .; one brother, Wallace Gibbons of Central City, S.D .; one sister, Barbara Gunyan of Rock Springs; two granddaughters, Makiala Gibbons of Rock Springs and Deshae Pennywell of Fremont, Calif .; seven nephews and two nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers in-law; Richard Keelin, Kenny Keelin and Ronald Gunyan; one nephew, Donnie Keelin Jr.

Following cremation, a celebration of life will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Sweetwater Events Complex.

Military honors and inurnment will be in the Rock Springs Municipal Cemetery.

Friends may call the events complex one hour prior to services. 

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